Saturday, February 20, 2010

VMware; New Features of VMware Server 2.

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           VMware Server installs and runs as an application on top of a host Windows or Linux operating system. A thin virtualization layer partitions the physical server so that multiple virtual machines can be run simultaneously on a single server. Computing resources of the physical server are treated as a uniform pool of resources that can be allocated to virtual machines in a controlled manner.
           VMware Server isolates each virtual machine from its host and other virtual machines, leaving it unaffected if another virtual machine crashes. Data does not leak across virtual machines and applications can only communicate over configured network connections. VMware Server encapsulates a virtual machine environment as a set of files, which are easy to back-up, move and copy. 
Below mentioned are new features brought by VMware Server Version 2:
Expanded operating system support: VMware Server now supports Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Business Edition and Ultimate Edition (guest only), RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 and Ubuntu 8.04; including paravirtualized mode support on certain Linux distributions. 64-bit operating system support: Use 64-bit guest operating systems on 64-bit server hardware to enable more scalable and higher performing computing solutions. In addition, VMware Server 2 will run natively on 64-bit Linux host operating systems.
Web-based management interface: A new Web-based user interface provides a simple, flexible, intuitive and productive way for you to manage your virtual machines. With the new VMware Remote Console, access your virtual machine consoles independent of the Web-based management interface.
Greater scalability and flexibility: Use up to 8GB of RAM per virtual machine, up to 10 virtual network interface cards per virtual machine, transfer data at faster data rates from USB 2.0 devices plus add new SCSI hard disks and controllers to a running virtual machine.
Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Support: Properly back up the state of Windows virtual machines when using the snapshot feature to maintain data integrity of the applications running inside the virtual machine.

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